BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: A person hailing from Delhi’s Uttam Nagar, who had recently been to Thailand and Malaysia, has tested positive for novel coronavirus, thus taking the total number of confirmed cases in India to 31.
“One more Covid-19 case in Delhi has been confirmed, taking the total number of positive cases in the country to 31. The patient has a travel history from Thailand and Malaysia,” Sanjeeva Kumar, Special Secretary, Union Health Ministry, said on Friday.
The patient is stable and being monitored, sources said. The government also issued an advisory to the states asking people to avoid mass gathering, where the chances of contracting the coronavirus are high.
Meanwhile, an Irish national, who is suspected to be infected with coronavirus and was sent to the isolation ward in a government hospital in Odisha’s Cuttack fled on Thursday night. Reportedly, the Irish national had complained of flu-like symptoms and was screened at Odisha airport. Later, he was admitted at the hospital.
“In addition to Covid-19 cases related to travel, some cases of community transmission have also been observed, it has been decided to involve district collectors and States have been asked to form rapid response teams as the district, block and village levels,” the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
The ministry also informed that till March 4, around 6,11,176 passengers have been screened at different points.
Meanwhile in Kolkata, over a thousand people in West Bengal have been put under coronavirus surveillance across the state. Out of the 1,075 being closely monitored, most are travellers from COVID-19 affected countries who have been scanned at the airport.